As far as I know, the IDE is already free with compilers(non-optimized versions) for every series (PIC16/18/24/32). BTW here is a free tiny board which I have designed for hobbyists. All source is free and downloadable:
NASA's Orion Flight Software Production Systems Manager Darrel G. Raines joins Planet Analog Editor Steve Taranovich and Embedded.com Editor Max Maxfield to talk about embedded flight software used in Orion Spacecraft, part of NASA's Mars mission. Live radio show and live chat. Get your questions ready.
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